At Shoreline Orthopaedics, our orthopaedic surgeons use a truly collaborative approach so our patients have the benefit of multiple expert opinions, without having to go elsewhere to obtain them.
Shoreline Orthopaedics provides more comprehensive services, state-of-the-art options, technologies and techniques than anyone else in the area.
The following information is provided to help you understand what you can expect from us regarding policies and procedures, and also what is expected of you before and after treatment or procedures.
The elbow is a complex joint that allows bending and straightening (flexion and extension), and forearm rotation (pronation, palm down; and supination, palm up). The elbow is formed by the joining of three bones: the upper arm (humerus), the forearm on the pinky finger side (ulna), and the forearm on the thumb side (radius). The surfaces of these bones, where they meet to form the joint, are covered with articular cartilage, a smooth substance that protects the bones and acts as a natural cushion to absorb forces across the joint. A thin, smooth tissue, called synovial membrane, covers all remaining surfaces inside the elbow joint. In a healthy elbow, this membrane makes a small amount of fluid that lubricates the cartilage and eliminates almost all friction as you bend and rotate your arm.
Held together by muscles, ligaments and tendons, the elbow is a combination hinge and pivot joint. The hinge part of the elbow allows the arm bend like the hinge of a door, while the pivot part makes it possible for the lower arm to twist and rotate. There are several muscles, nerves and tendons that cross at the elbow.
Medial epicondylitis, often known as golfer's elbow, is a painful condition that occurs when overuse results in inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles to the inside of the bone at the elbow.
Participation in sports, work, or other recreational activities that require repetitive and vigorous motion may result in the overuse that leads to golfer's elbow. Although most commonly associated with golfers, pain in this area also occurs in children who play baseball. Many who are not athletes suffer from golfer's elbow.
Pain and tenderness on the inside of the elbow are among the most common symptoms of golfer's elbow.
To avoid medial elbow pain, use the following simple exercises to help build your forearm muscles.
Treatment for golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis) is similar to that of tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). Many patients have success with nonsurgical treatment.
If your symptoms do not respond after 6 to 12 months of nonsurgical treatments, your orthopaedic surgeon may recommend surgical treatment. With any surgery there are some risks, and these vary from person to person. Complications are typically minor, treatable and unlikely to affect your final outcome. Your orthopaedic surgeon will speak to you prior to surgery to explain any potential risks and complications that may be associated with your procedure.
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